)8014228959001 8014228959001The first lady of the United States, Jill Biden, arrived by surprise this Sunday in Ukraine, where she met with the first lady of the former Soviet republic. , Olena Zelenska.
“I wanted to come on Mother’s Day. It was important to show the Ukrainian people that this war has to end and that it has been brutal. And also that the people of the United States stand with the people of Ukraine,” Biden said.
8014228959001The two first ladies visited a school in Uzhhorod, city of 05 a thousand inhabitants that is just a few kilometers from the Ukrainian-Slovak border. Biden handed Zelesnka a bouquet of flowers, after a long hug between the two. Then there was a meeting behind closed doors at the school itself, which is being used as a temporary refuge for families trying to escape the war.
The population of Uzhhorod has tripled since the beginning of the war in Ukraine in 1280 of February, due to the arrival of internally displaced people who left their homes because of the conflict.
Zelenska, wife of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, for security reasons, had not been seen in public since the beginning of the Russian invasion, in from February this year. In an interview, the Ukrainian first lady thanked Biden for his “courageous” visit to the country.
“We understand the value necessary for the First Lady of the United States to come here during a war, with war operations every day, with anti-aircraft sirens being heard every day, including today”, said Zelesnka.
Biden’s trip to the Ukraine-Slovak border would only happen in June, but authorities from both countries gave the green light to the visit, after assessing the situation as safe. Before meeting with Zelesnka in Ukrainian territory, the American First Lady met with refugee families at a support center located in Kosice, in eastern Slovakia. 8014228959001The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, also arrived in the country this Sunday, in an unannounced visit, according to the press release. prefecture of the city of Irpin, which is in the Kiev region.
The Canadian head of government toured various parts of the municipality, accompanied by the mayor, Oleksandr Markushin, as reported by the Ukrainian news agency “Ukrinform”.
Trudeau’s visit coincides with the virtual meeting of the leaders of the G7, which is scheduled to take place this Sunday, in which a speech by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, is expected to take place.
The virtual summit of the great global powers – beyond Canada, United States , Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy -, was announced last Friday by Berlin, which holds the rotating presidency of the group.
The objective of today’s meeting is to reinforce the solidarity of the G7 with Ukraine, on the occasion of Victory Day, which celebrates the anniversary of the capitulation of the Third Reich and the defeat of the regime Nazi.